As previously mentioned in The Studio Bistro post, A and I recently made a trip down south. Our first culinary experience of the trip was in Margaret River, were we had stopped to grab a map and a quick lunch before heading to our booked accomodation. While we were walking along the main road, we strolled towards Must Winebar. We both stopped to look at the menu on the board outside and after glancing at the charcuterie plate description, we decided to try it.
Little did I know that Gourmet Traveller lists Must’s charcuterie plate in high regard, and names it as one of the plates they “keep coming back for” (April 2008, Gourmet Traveller Magazine). Head chef André Mahé was trained as a charcutier in France and has managed to bring a taste of France to little ol’ Perth.
The charcuterie plate ($28) comes with Jambon Persillé, Paté en Croute, Rillettes with Cornichons, and Black Olive Tapenade. Must also supplies you with a basket of crusty-on-the-outside-and-fluffy-on-the-inside baguette. The Paté en Croute (“en croute” means “to wrap” in French) has been wrapped in pastry, which is a lovely accompaniment to the paté. It is served with a pear chutney that is sweet but subtle in flavour and works well with the flavour of the meat. The Black Olive Tapenade was balanced in flavour and was perfect to spread on the white baguette. The Rillettes with Cornichons (the French word for pickles) is beautifully textured and was my favourite aspect of this charcuterie plate. The rillette seemed to be made with pork (which is the typical meat for rillettes to be made from) and was shredded and cooked slowly. The end result is this soft, delicate meat with flavours that are rich and perfect in small doses on a French baguette. A particularly liked the Jambon Persillé (a pickled pork and parsley terrine), which was another great addition and executed perfectly once again.
We decided to order frites with béarnaise ($9) as well, as I was saying to A in the car down that I was craving some sort of fries for lunch. This made A develop the same craving. The frites were a perfect golden colour and were lovely and crunchy.
On the chalkboard, the salad special was the avocado and spinach salad ($9), which sounded particularly appealing to me. The salad consisted of avocado, spinach, feta, and pine nuts with a red wine vinaigrette. This salad was refreshing and went well with the rest of our meal. I was a little worried that these choices weren’t going to be substantial enough, however A and I were both content at the end of the meal and were happy that it was a light lunch with amazing flavours.
A and I didn’t have any wine to accompany our meal on this occasion, as A had to find where we were staying and I didn’t want to drink by myself. However, this lunch would have gone perfectly with a white wine, in particular a sparkling white. Must not only have a great wine list but also a beverage list that comprises cocktails, beer, cider and spirits so there’s something for everyone at Must Winebar.
The service was so chilled and relaxed which was perfect for a Friday lunch down south. The waitstaff were both really friendly and were quite sweet during our lunch, as they were happily making conversation with us about the town and the food. The atmosphere is nice and the venue is split into two – the formal dining area in the restaurant and the casual bar area with high tables and chairs. We sat in the bar area which looks out onto the main road, which was great for people watching.
At the end of the meal, both A and I said that we’ll be making regular appearances at Must in Mt Lawley from now on, just for their charcuterie plate. Also, Must in Mt Lawley have a champagne lounge which would be a perfect place for A and I to hang out as we are both very interested in Champagne. Plus, it’ll be a perfect accompaniment to this plate and tide us over until our next visit to the culinary capital of the world (in CFJ’s opinion), France.
I recommend stopping by the next time you are in Margaret River, as Must makes every effort to transport you to France. It was an amazing lunch that I still think and speak about often and is very reasonable in price, as this meal will cost you less than $50.
A perfect afternoon lunch that I will definitely come back for.